Homage to Those who Take the Risks

HOMAGE TO THOSE WHO TAKE THE RISKS, and to those who fall:
From Nicholas Kristof
In Darfur once … my interpreter said: We’ve just got to go. If they catch us, they’ll hold you for ransom. But they’ll just shoot me.

Video Shows ISIL Possible Beheading of Photojournalist James Foley

Men claiming to be part of terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) posted a video allegedly showing the beheading of freelance photojournalist James Wright Foley, who disappeared in northwest Syria on November 22, 2012. The White House said they have not yet confirmed the authenticity of the video.
More on this story will follow as it develops.

Read More Here: http://politi.co/1Aw7mwl

See reactions on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/hashtag/JamesFoley?src=hash

Video Believed to be authentic http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/215579-white-house-foley-beheading-video-authentic

 

Bad Timing for the US

Secretary of State John Kerry went to Egypt last weekend to renew US-Eqypt ties and to offer its new president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, swift restoration of military aid. Unfortunately in less than 24 hours of Egypt’s aid being restored, a judge on Monday convicted three journalists from Al Jazeera’s English-language network of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to broadcast ‘false reports’. One was sentenced to at least seven years.

Read more here: Egypt Convicts 3 Journalists; U.S. Is Critical – NY Times June 23, 2014

The Whitehouse responds: June 23, 2014

Witness to a Massacre in a Nairobi Mall

The New York Times staff photographer Tyler Hicks was nearby when gunmen opened fire at an upscale Nairobi mall, killing at least 39 people in one of the worst terrorist attacks in Kenya’s history. He was able to go inside the mall as the attack unfolded.
Here’s what he saw: NY Times Lens Blog Sept 21, 2013

Mali: a terrorist haven with no reporters?

It’s interesting to note that with all the concern about Mali as a haven for terrorists, the New York Times doesn’t even seem to have a correspondent there. A page one story on March 18, talking about possible U.S. involvement is datelined Mauritania, which is on Mali’s northwest border. The French made headlines by sending in troops in January to push back Al Qaeda forces from the cities of Gao and Timbuktu. There were stories of grateful citizens thanking the arriving French troops, but beyond that nothing much except puffery about how President Francois Hollande’s poll numbers have shot up. Paris Match reported that Monsieur Flan had become Mr. Big after the lightening fast and unexpected move. There is such a lid on battlefield reports that Reporters Sans Frontieres claims that at one point, 50 journalists were rounded up and flown out of the country. No one else seems to have reported that or confirmed that, but with no one there to report on it, who knows? The French weekly, Le Point says “the French Army has confirmed its nickname of ‘grand mute’ by locking up information on its operations.”

Reporters without Borders- Feb 28, 2013: French regulator objects to bodies in TV report on Mali atrocities

Reporters without Borders- Feb 16, 2013: French military intervention achieves “zero image of the war front” media objective

Read more here on Le Point.fr – IN FRENCH Jan 3, 2013

Paris Match Feb, 5,2013 IN FRENCH